Enjoy historic Richardville House, Native-American arts and crafts during Trading Post event this weekend in Fort Wayne

This 2011 photo shows the historic Chief Richardville House, which will be the site of Trading Post events Saturday and Sunday in Fort Wayne. (News-Sentinel.com)

Descendants of Miami Indian Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville will commemorate the life and legacy of Miami War Chief Little Turtle during a Trading Post event 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Richardville House, 5709 Bluffton Road.

The house, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, reportedly is the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest, the first Greek Revival-style house in Indiana and the only existing Native-American treaty house in the nation, The History Center, which owns the house and grounds, said on its website, www.fwhistorycenter.com.

Treaty houses got that name because the U.S. government contributed money to build houses for some Native Americans as part of treaty agreements with their tribe.

The Richardville House was built in 1827 with $600 from the U.S. government and Richardville contributing additional money toward the $2,200 cost of the house, The History Center said.

Richardville, who had amassed great wealth with his mother through control of the portage between the St. Marys and Wabash rivers, was believed to be the richest man in Indiana at the time of his death in 1841 with estimated wealth of $23 million in today’s dollars, The History Center said.

This weekend, visitors will see the house decorated for the holidays with Native-American art and crafts, which will be for sale. People also can enjoy baked goods, such as fry bread, and buffalo stew, along with listening to Native-American drumming and singing.


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